In a previous guest post, Alison Lawton of the Access Our Medicine Initiative wrote on the importance of affordable medications and AOM’s goal to reach 100,000 signatures for their Access Our Medicine Declaration. Having achieved their goal, they are now planning a worldwide Thunderclap of awareness.

When we launched the Access Our Medicine Initiative on World Health Day last year I didn’t know if anyone would respond.

We knew that the price of medicine was rising for life-changing medicines with devastating consequences for everyone, around the globe. We learned of people choosing between food and medicine, being pushed into poverty and even dying because they couldn’t afford medicine they needed.

But I also knew that for many people the issue of access to affordable medicine just isn’t top of mind until they or their loved ones become sick. By then its too late – who has energy to talk about ways to improve the system and make medicine affordable at the moment when the priority is on advocating health for themselves or their friends and family?

And yet, the response has been overwhelming. People

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Medicines can only work in patients who can take them. If we have medicines today to treat people and they can’t access them, then we have to make changes. That’s why we launched the Access Our Medicine Initiative.

The Access Our Medicine Initiative launched in April 2014 inviting people to sign an online declaration with a simple statement – that everyone should have access to affordable medicine. Since then, over 75,000 people from 160 countries and a diverse range of organizations representing more than 400 million people have signed the Declaration at www.accessourmedicine.com.

Why are so many people interested?

Even with the Affordable Care Act, over 30 million Americans will not be able to afford their medicine. People are making sacrifices for their medicine, or are risking their health by sacrificing their medicine. Nobody should have to choose between filling prescriptions and buying groceries.

As part of the Access Our Medicine Initiative, we want to support critical organizations such as NeedyMeds offering immediate support to those patients and families needing access to medicine. I’m grateful to have NeedyMeds’

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Here at NeedyMeds we are dedicated to finding as many savings programs on medications and healthcare as possible. One of the primary sources of assistance we list are Patient Assistance Programs. These programs are usually offered by pharmaceutical companies and other organizations to provide medications at little to no cost. Many people, however, do not qualify for these programs because their income is too high or they are insured. Knowing this we began to collect information on coupons, rebates and other offers for medications. Our listing started fairly small but has grown considerably. We currently list over 1,600 coupons, rebates and other offers.

Each listing we post is for a brand name medication, including both over-the-counter and prescription medications. The offers vary and include printable coupons and rebates, savings cards, 7-30 day free trial offers, and free samples. Each program is different – some are as simple as printing out the coupon while others require registration, questionnaires, or obtaining a free sample through your doctor.

Finding a coupon or other offer is easy. We list each offer on

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